Uh oh, Trump may choose a vice-president who is zanier than even he appears. Who imagined that could be possible? A bunch of people have said no-way-no-how to being the billionaire’s running mate. So, the remaining group of possibles is thinning. But is it possible that Trump would go with a true crazy, someone who makes him look sane?
Former presidential candidate and neurosurgeon Ben Carson has been on the campaign trail serving as one of Trump’s surrogates, but it isn’t a job he does especially well. Carson has said that he doesn’t want the VP job, but a new poll says of all the potential candidates, he is the best-liked.
In his signature calm voice, Carson asked:
‘Who else was on the list?’
A reporter told him that he was first, followed by John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and Chris Christie. Carson replied:
‘Those are all people on our list.’
Carson’s wife was with him and corrected the neurosurgeon:
‘Well, not you.’
It looks like Carson is helping Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski create a list of possible candidates for VP. Carson says that he will not do what Dick Cheney did and throw himself at the top of mix. Then Carson’s business manager and friend Armstrong Williams showed what true political-speak looks like when he commented:
‘He’s not interested. But miracles can happen, right? But I don’t see that miracle happening. But we’ve seen stranger things, right?’
In Iowa, Trump called Carson “pathological” and “a child molester,” but Carson doesn’t take it personally:
‘Other politicians might not be as colorful, but they do the same things.’
When John McCain ran for president in 2008, the Republican party nixed his unusual choice of Joe Lieberman, a former Connecticut Independent senator. So, he chose a half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Back then, the rough and tough woman made blunder followed by worse blunder as she campaigned for the job a heartbeat away from the presidency.
During the Iowa caucus last fall, Palin became one of Trump’s most outspoken surrogates.
As McCain’s VP pick, she debated with VP Joe Biden. When PBS’s Gwen Ifill asked her to describe the job, Palin said:
‘Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president.
‘And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president’s agenda in that position.
‘Yeah, so I do agree with him that we have a lot of flexibility in there, and we’ll do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the plans that are needed for this nation.’
Fox’s Carl Cameron asked her the next day to clarify what she meant by VP “flexibility.” Palin tried:
‘Uh. That thankfully our founders were wise enough to say we have this position and it’s constitutional — vice president will be able to be not only the position flexible, but it’s gonna be those other duties as assigned by the president. A simple thing.’
When an eight-year-old asked her what a vice-president did, Palin replied:
‘Aw, that’s something that Piper would ask me, as a second grader, also. That’s a great question, Brandon, and a vice president has a really great job, because not only are they there to support the President agenda, they’re like a team member, the teammate to that President.
‘But also, they’re in charge of the United States Senate, so if they want to they can really get in there with the Senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom. And it’s a great job and I look forward to having that job.’
The woman cannot even give a speech that makes sense. Her strange, erratic speech pattern makes her sound like someone filled her cup with happy juice and added a few oxicodones. But this bizarre couple could win, if people do not take them deadly seriously.